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An exotic range of Orientals, including Smyrna, Davalla, Xanthi, and Shiraz are blended in perfect harmony with lemon Virginia and Latakia. A mild to medium English blend that can be smoked all day.

Notes: This and other blends by this company continue to be blended and produced by hand, in relatively small batches.

BrandWilke Pipe Tobacco
Blended ByCarole Burns
Manufactured ByPipeworks & Wilke
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging2 oz. bag, 4 oz. bag, 8 oz. bag 16 oz. bag
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have been spending the last year trying as many different English/Balkan's as possible. I, like many others find the P&W offerings among the very best. The No. 010 is a wonderful mild/medium blend with a great flavor bouquet. I find it much lighter than No. 400 but not lacking in depth. The Orientals are the star of this show. The pouch smell of this tobacco makes my mouth water. I have cellared a pound and now I'm wondering if its enough! Four Stars.

13 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant

I had purchased various PWW blends some years ago and decided that their #400 was the one I wanted to pursue. But I skipped this one, to my detriment. An internet friend sent me a small sample of this brown/black ribbon mixture and once I took a sniff of the contents, I couldn't wait to fire it up. It loaded easily and lit completely.

The orientals rule the roost here and this blend brings to light most smokers basic misunderstanding of what orientals can do. We're so used to the darker side of them when mixed with heavy latakia, that we forget their light side when used sparingly. This blend has a sweet side that's not all due to the Virginias. It's a non-aromatic aromatic sweetness, if that makes any sense. There's a McClellands Frog blend that is purported to be an English/aromatic crossover blend, and it's the inclusion of just the right oriental that is confusing many smokers. This one throws the same curveball. Overall, this is a light English, a mild latakia blend with bright VA and a host of masterfully executed orientals. Sweet but not Cavendish sweet with some baked bread and "sugar on toast" flavors. Not much in the way of bass notes but I think the intent here is on mildness but with rich depth of flavor. And it succeeds! Recommended for those that are looking for a lightly sweet blend that really shows off what orientals can do in the right blending hands. Well done, Carole! I'm getting a lot more of this for the cellar.

Pipe Used: meerschaum

Age When Smoked: 3+ years

10 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

#10 is loaded with all kinds of goodies and I liked this one a lot. In some ways it reminded me of the classic Balkan Sobranie Original Smoking Mixture. Subtle undertones of exotic Oriental and Turkish leaf combined with a quality Virginia that provided the backbone.

If you enjoy Balkan style blends then #10 would be a good choice for you.

8 people found this review helpful.

scottbtdmb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
scottbtdmb (4)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Pipeworks & Wilke #10 is currently my favorite Oriental/Medium Balkan blend. This is the kind of smoke that one enjoys while sitting out on their deck in the evening relaxing and perhaps enjoying a fine beverage or two. The allure of #10 doesn't necessarily lie in its strength, but moreso in it's complexity. Four different oriental tobaccos are used and each seem to take turns at the wheel during the first half of a bowlful of 10. Midway through, the orientals meld into one and the VA and Latakia come into the equation, letting their presence be known. Another thing I like about this blend is that the flavor lasts to the bottom of the bowl. The richness stays consistent throughout and the flavor just seems to get better and better. Highly recommended! I currently have several mason jars of #10 cellaring and will eagerly report back in a couple years when I crack one open.....this reminds me, it is time to get off here and go order some more.....some to cellar.....some to enjoy NOW!

7 people found this review helpful.

sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

Another wonderful tobacco by Pipeworks & Wilke. This is a kind of "oriental" blend, for the major part that leaf plays, latakia supports beautifully but it isn't too present, while Virginias support without an asserting role. Absolutely unbeatable when smoked into a meerschaum.

7 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Orientals are the stars; smoky, a little dry, woody with some buttery sweetness and spice. The Cyprian latakia is smoky, woody sweet as a supporting player. The tart lemon Virginia is a citrusy, slightly grassy base for the other components to play off, though it has a constant presence in a minor role. Exceptionally well balanced, you notice every nuance in virtually every puff, and the flavor remains rich, smooth, fairly sweet (though not in an aromatic way), and consistent until the last ember. Burns clean and cool at a moderate pace with no harsh spots, and leaves just a little moisture and some ash in the bowl at the finish. The nic-hit is a shade over mild and the strength and taste is mild to medium. The after taste has a pleasantly lingering smoky sweetness with a little spice. Can be an all day smoke.

6 people found this review helpful.

Been there Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Been there (1)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

You can never go wrong with any P&W blend, but if you like mild but complex orientals, you must try this. Especially good when smoked in a wide bowl. I would recommend this to people who have never gone beyond Aromatics. It will convince you that you've missed a lot. BTW- Service is excellent. It's always a pleasure to support the small, highly skilled blenders, and P&W is especially excellent.

Pipe Used: Upshall,Calich,Caminetto,Vesz

Age When Smoked: 3 years stored in bale top jar

Purchased From: Carole at P&W Vt.

4 people found this review helpful.

SmokeKing David Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeKing David (123)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Outstanding Balkan. Burns well, tastes wonderful. The previous high ratings are right on the money.

4 people found this review helpful.

htduck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
htduck (28)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

In the early spring of '11 I bought a great amber stemed Mer pipe from P&W and they tossed in a sample of #10 with my order. For whatever reason I never got around to trying the sample. Since I had sat it on my desk, I would sniff it from time to time. Great nose hits. While looking for new tobaccos in Tobacco Reviews I stumbled upon #10 and it clicked in the dim bulb of my brain that I had a sample of this stuff just seconds away from a bowlful. I went promply to my desk, loaded a pipe and fired it up. Why, oh why, did I not pay better attention to what had sat front of me for months? Smooth, creamy and relaxing. When Ozzie was sitting in his den, giving sage advise to David and Ricky, this must have been what he was smoking. I will be ordering a pound to cellar before weeks' end. Thank you P&W for the sample. Sorry it took me so long to pay attention. As for the pipe? I expect a lot of value for my dollar and I was rewarded in spades. Thank you P&W.

3 people found this review helpful.

dedalto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dedalto (24)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

This may be the most exotic and subtle tobacco I have ever smoked. This is mainly the Orientals at play here and they are mesmerizing. This is a rich, long burning tobacco that I smoke all day. It is sweet and tantalizing with rich and long lasting flavor. This is really the one. This one is difficult to rate because the strength and taste are more rich, complex, and tantalizing than the terms usually used.

Pipe Used: All

Purchased From: Pipeworks and Wilkes

Similar Blends: Similar to a number of English and Balkans made that by the 1990's have pretty much disappeared..

2 people found this review helpful.

Mitland Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mitland (7)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I took Pipeline's suggestion and bought a pound of #10 and boy am I glad I did, thanks brother. To me this is the ultimate in a medium balkan blend. Just the right amount of smokehouse balanced with a dash of sweet VA surrounded by mouthwatering Orientals. The Oriental spice makes for an Xmas cookie/waffle with bacon extravaganza. The copious volume of smoke defines silky smooth. Forget the desert island, I just want to keep going down to the basement and pull a jar out of the cellar every couple of weeks and chill in my easy chair with a snifter of a potent potable. Yummm!

2 people found this review helpful.

Lochinvar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lochinvar (78)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the first Pipeworks & Wilke blend I tried and it is an odd, though good one. I would characterize it as a Balkan, but probably the lightest on such a scale. This is not to say that the Latkia or Orientals are not there in full amounts for they are, however this just doesn?t pack the ballast on the palate or mouthfeel that many of the Pease/Sobrani et all types do. The main note is the Orientals with the Latakia playing a close second. Midway through the bowl a distinct sourness develops that lasts till the end. This is rather unique and I like it.

2 people found this review helpful.

SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a wonderful mild Balkan. Indeed this would make an excellent warm weather blend, or a fine choice for those who prefer a mild Latakia presence. Packs well, burns well, the flavor is a smooth melange of the ingredients, with a toasty undertone. Very nice.

2 people found this review helpful.

M.Smolensky Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
M.Smolensky (6)
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant

Carole Burns of Pipeworks and Wilke, has sold her tobacco blending and selling business to John Brandt. The business is now known at Wilke Pipe Tobacco. I read these very nice reviews here of this tobacco, but had never smoked it, as made by Ms. Burns. But, I ordered some from Mr. Brandt, now as Wilke Pipe Tobacco. I can say that this is a terrific tobacco. It is mild, yet tasty, and burns beautifully. If you are a smoker of this blend, as made my Ms. Burns, I can only assume from the reviews of her tobacco, that there is no difference in this tobacco, as blended and sold by Mr. Brandt. I think that you should not hesitate from getting it from Wilke Pipe Tobacco. It burns cool, and is easily an all day blend. I am very glad that I ordered it, and will add it to one of my favorite tobaccos. It is just yummy.

Pipe Used: Mario Pascucci Billard

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the bag

Purchased From: Wilke Tobacco Company

Similar Blends: Similar, but unique from Squadron Leader by Samuel Gawith, and Father Dempsey from Kramer's Tobacco, which are also excellent..

1 person found this review helpful.

Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (150)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Absolutely superb. Extraordinary.

Typical Wilke presentation: an array of browns from dark to very light in a thin, ribbon cut.  Sweet and savory orientals dominate the exquisite jar note. 

The charring light, and indeed the entire bowl, is an exercise in subtlety, as one might expect from an oriental blend. While my typical review is broken down into thirds of the bowl to capture the changing flavor profiles many types of tobaccos exhibit as the smoke progresses, oriental blends and Balkans tend to be very consistent throughout the bowl. Wilke No.10 is no exception. 

Smooth and soft enough to be an all-day smoke, No.10 still delivers enough complexity to be smoked more contemplatively. Those who take their time will experience a broad range of classic oriental flavors: salt, delicate sweetness, pepper, and light herbal spice. Latakiaphiles should be aware that they will not find their fix here. Latakia is nearly undetectable, and quite purposefully a light condiment touch in this blend. Frankly, I don't taste it at all (though I trust Carole's description). 

Very fragrant, as a good oriental should be, with a delicate room note. I believe there to be a pinch of Wilke trademark Cavendish here, the taste of which largely burns off after the first third of the bowl and leaves the smoker with a classically dry smoke.  Mouthfeel is dry and salty, with subtle sweetness on the tongue. 

No.10 smokes cool and as with any quality oriental, this blend will not bite no matter what you do (which is a good thing, because you'll be tempted to puff this outstanding blend copiously.) Pack this thin ribbon loosely to ensure proper airflow and combustion and you'll enjoy one of the finest tobacco experiences available today.

The Wilke blends have such a distinct flavor profile that it's a fool's errand to compare them to this or that modern, tinned blend. At the turn of the 19th century rolling into the 19-aughts and teens/twenties, I suppose this was more-or-less what most high-end pipe tobacco tasted like. But today, Pipeworks & Wilke stands out as a novelty - a unique flavor that simply cannot be compared to (or matched by) any mass produced brand. Don't get me wrong - I am a huge fan of many of today's blenders, and several of today's mass producers. But Carole's blends, inspired by the original Wilke sisters', stand proudly and uniquely among today's finest tobaccos.

1 person found this review helpful.

albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (184)
Mild to Medium None Detected Very Full Strong

This is described, by the producer, as an English Mixture (Latakia is the main component),therefore is much more an Balkan Mixture (orientals are the main components) even an "Oriental Mixture".

Orientals are largely dominant!. Latakia and Virginia are only noted in the 1th or 2ed puffs, then, no more noted, only the orientals...

In my notes, seems to me that Smyrna is the main Oriental kind.

The overall is quite different, when compared with the typical English Mixtures.

The cut is Shag, an thin ribbon. I enjoy. Easy to fit and light. Slow Burning. Three Stars.

Old Evaluation: For obtain Four Stars, it can be have a little less taste....Their taste is so strong that disappear after half bowl, overhelming, becomes tasteless, boring.

Upgrading the Evaluation: Now, some days after opened the can, I re-evaluate this tobacco. It is wonderfull. No more three stars,now four.

Dont expected an Classical English Mixture's taste and flavour, is quite different!

I recommend for people that want a full taste tobacco, but without much Nicotine, as I enjoy.

For me is clearly superior, when compared the Blend Number 524.

Pipe Used: Dr Plumb,England, Ranieri and Bertoldi, Brazil

Age When Smoked: recently purchased

Purchased From: a friend

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipe Newb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Newb (49)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

I got this as a small sampler to my order of 3 much heavier English tobaccos. As it's still in a baggie I figure I better smoke it "first". So glad I did...

With no amount of hyperbole this blend is the most interesting oriental blend I've experienced to date. It is incredibly mild, there is an absence of heavy "body" hitters like Burley in here. The Latakia is almost a condiment here, you definitely know it's there but it's basically a skeleton framework to hold the orientals.

There is a ton of brightness from the Virginia, and a familiar oriental providing that mustardy/caraway kinda nasal savory spice, but such an underlying roundness and sweetness that I would never have expected from an English blend.

This tobacco is a showcase of Orientals, and from what I read there are 4 varietals in there. I can't pick out the specifics but that's likely due to my untrained palate and the skill of the blending.

Caveat - this is a very mild blend for someone who prefers a full English. If you love your powerhouse tobaccos like Nightcap, Squadron Leader, Balkan Saiseni... you'll have to roll back a little on this one. It's about subtlety. It did not have the wetness problems that No. 400 had, it burned great out of the baggie with a very light grey soft ash. Room note was basically baking rye bread with caraway.

All in all, it's delicious.

Pipe Used: Edward's Bulldog

Purchased From: Pipeworks & Wilke

Similar Blends: Early Morning Pipe.

1 person found this review helpful.

woodworker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
woodworker (4)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I ordered a sampler right off, which included Pipemaker's Choice, High Hat, 191, and #10. Two of those were mild aromatics, I think, and I didn't enjoy the flavor as much. The #10 is a very nice, high quality, mild English smoke. I like to sit, read and think when I smoke and find this meditative and flavorful.

I'm amending this review after several months of trying different blends from different manufacturers. I spent most of the winter with Frog Morton Cellar which is a fine woodsy and latakia loaded tobacco. Today, with winter waning in Colorado, I came back to P&W #10. What a treat! Like many of you I'm wending my way through the P&W blends, in particular the aromatics. They are all so good I can't stay with just one. The aromatics are splendid and seem to rely on a mild mix of tobaccos to allow the aromas to emerge.

#10 is an interesting smoke because of the spiciness of the orientals. There is an underpinning of latakia which does not dominate but compliments. I put up 6 oz which is a lot for me. Surprisingly the whole family likes the aroma (although I smoke on the back porch). Many of you have compared this to Balkan Sobranie. I smoked a couple of tins of that blend in college in the 60's and the comments I got from my friends was that it smelled like burning rubber. I liked the flavor back then but #10 seems different to me and is unique. As I am rediscovering the various leaf flavors I still can't pick out the individual leaves in the blend, but I can say this, for a smoker who just enjoys the flavor of good tobacco this is a good one. I am having a splendid time with Carole's blends.

My advice is this - journey through her offerings and you will have enjoy smoking more than ever.

Pipe Used: Dr. Grabow Omega

Age When Smoked: some new in the bag, some several months old

Purchased From: Pipeworks and Wilke

1 person found this review helpful.

Theodore Moore Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Theodore Moore (14)
Mild Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Wilke #10 is the wonderful morning or all-day, summer English/Balkan. (Or in this case, should I rather say Balkan/English?) And inasmuch as this is an "easy-going blend," it still surprises in both the taste and aroma department. This is quite an achievement all by itself. This is light, soft, and savory with volumes of smoke. The orientals are top notch and exotic. This definitely reminds me of the old Sabronie White. Carole has carved out a very unique place for herself, if for no other reason, by this blend alone. It defies duplication by all her heavy-handed male counterparts. Move over boys. Well done girl! 3.5 stars out of 4, but only for being a little too lite.

1 person found this review helpful.

Fumatore Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fumatore (48)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I love good English tobacco, and although Pipeworks & Wilke makes some quality blends, it is their ?additive? that will keep me from buying more. If this kind of flavoring agent doesn?t bother you, you?ll probably love P&W.

1 person found this review helpful.

UncleGar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UncleGar (110)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I fully concur with the characterization given by Pipper, above.

I can only add that this makes a good companion to Dunhill's EMP, this being more subtle and fragrant with less punch. Aromatic in the original sense. Orientals can be wonderful when you seek them.

My staple fare tends to be burleys and virginias. This blend is my change of pace, an alternative to sweet. Mr. Pease has company!

Update 11/10 I found a long neglected sealed canning jar of this from 2004. I can no longer compare this to EMP; it's now much better. I would give it 4 stars, but that is unfair for people considering this due to the benefit of aging. Moisture is perfect now. Latakia (Syrian?) is in balance and the sweet spot lasts most of the bowl. (Go large.) Try a sample from Carole, come back for a pound. Stick it in a sealed container and wait a while, you'll be glad you did.

1 person found this review helpful.

Talltree Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Talltree (24)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is a very nice, high quality, medium English balkan. It is a little strong for me but is otherwise an excellent smoke. The flavors are well balanced. Carole likes a minimum order of $40 and I don't smoke it enough to justify reordering.

I think you won't be disappointed if you try this.

Purchased From: Pipes and Wilke

Similar Blends: other balkans.

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Reagold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Reagold (25)
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

There's nothing bad about this. But there's nothing remarkable also. Don't get me wrong, the leaf is excellent, there's a "classical" feeling to this, but it's just too mild, too light, too balanced, to stand out for my tastes. It's like a very, very toned down 965. But there's also nothing wrong with it, so I'll smoke all #10 I have - thinking about wich will be the next tobacco to be smoked.

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Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (300)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

#10 was given to me as a sample when I ordered more of my custom blend Carole blends for me (Half RumCake and Half her mild Burley with a smidge of Turkish, all topped with her RumCake Rum topping). #10 is a very mild and very flavorful Oriental blend. It surprised me like Blackhouse from Hearth & Home did, I was expecting the usual Dunhill type English flavor but just like Blackhouse the Yendije adds that little something and sets it far apart from most Englishes. Anyone who has smoked an English with an exotic Oriental in it knows what I mean... Cool burning, elegant and clean burning, a turn of the century blend that would be right at home on the end table next to the wingback chair in the study which is located in the West Wing of my English Manor of course. I uauallyt do not have a vivid imagination or conjured images when smoking but #10 really transports me into another time. Really really delicious and unique, a must try for anyone that enjoys the genre, Her prices are really getting up there (nowhere near Rich's of House of Calabash) but double from when I started ordering from her back in 2003. That said her tobacco's are top shelf and hand blended, the care and love put into the blends reflects the price. You want Lane taste, you pay Lane price, you want a Rolls Royce in your bowl, you pay extra for the privilege. Try some before she retires and your regretting never having tried a Pipeworks & Wilke blend...

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